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    We have all been there. We decide that we have had enough. We are sick of feeling fat, sluggish or just plain gross. We decide we are going to make a change. We say that this time is different than all the other times. You decide that you aren’t messing around anymore. You are going all in. You are going to eat clean and workout every day. You are going to stop partying and drinking cold turkey. Friends? Who needs friends! I can do anything I set my mind to… I’ll start on Monday.


    Monday rolls around, you are doing pretty good because you are still pumped up.

    Tuesday and Wednesday aren’t bad because you worked out and only had two cookies when you normally eat a whole box.

    By Thursday, you are feeling pretty tired and sore from your workouts so you decide to take the day off.

    On Friday you worked out, but you had a terrible day at work and just want to go grab a few drinks with friends. You are still on your health kick, but you feel like you really earned that since you worked so hard all week.

    On Saturday you plan to workout, but someone calls you for brunch. You are already feeling guilty from Friday so you figure why the hell not. Some avocado toast can’t hurt. It turns into a boozy brunch.

    Sunday you wake up hung over and all you need is a burger and fries. You already fell off the health train so whatever, I’ll start again on Monday.

    RE-FREAKING-PEAT.


    Again, we have ALL been there. Don't feel bad if that is the vicious cycle you are stuck in. We are humans and we have a VERY hard time changing. That is why it is so crucial that we don’t try to do it all at once. We need to make small sustainable goals that will turn into healthy habits. Check out my post discussing "The 5 Habits". 

    Take it one day at a time and one week at a time. Honestly, the smaller the goal the better. By the end of a few weeks you will have stayed on track, created healthy habits and you will be feeling awesome and empowered! 


    Write out five goals that pertain to your overall goal. Label them "Week 1-5." For week one you are ONLY focusing on that one goal. Nothing else. Just one goal for one week. By the end of the first week you will have created some sort of habit. If not, you can repeat that same goal for another week. If you have mastered that, then you will add in goal number two for the second week. You will still continue with the first goal and adding on the second. By the end of week five you will have created and maintained five, new, healthy habits that will bring you one step closer to achieving your overall goal. Check out my post "Goal Setting Tips" for more information.


    Alternatively, you could take on all five habits at the same time, get overwhelmed, fall off the wagon, and actually take a few steps back from achieving your goal. Creating five goals for five weeks seems simple and tedious, but it's very effective. It is a slower process, but it is  the most maintainable! Next time you catch yourself falling in the vicious cycle of "going hard or going home" slow yourself down and try this. 

    Madison
    Apr 04, 2018
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